Another in the Daisy Dalrymple series, although a few along from the first I reviewed before Christmas, this one has Daisy Edinburgh-bound on the Flying Scotsman sharing the first-class carriage with a bickering clan destined for the death-bed of the clan-leader.
Amongst the bickerers is the heir, the leader’s twin-brother, returned from India with a fortune of his own. And everyone else is more in need of the money, for one reason or another, and wants to tell Daisy about it, who happened to know one or two of the clan at school. They also think it a tad unfair that the heir has no ideas of leaving them anything, but instead has an heir in the form of an Indian doctor, also on the train.
Another complication, for Daisy, is that Belinda, the daughter of her friendly Scotland Yard detective-chap Alec Fletcher (currently investigating up North), has stowed away on-board.
In between looking after Belinda and sympathising about the rottenness of the state of affairs with old school-mates, the heir dies. Daisy, naturally, suspects foul-play. There is, after all, a carriage full of suspects.
Which of the clan did it?
This was enjoyable as the first. I’m not really sure how much of a review to write, really, since most of the points about the first stand for this one too, and, I suspect, for the others in the series. I like Daisy and Alec, and now Belinda. I like the writing style and the fact that period details in language and dress are just slipped in, quite casually, as if it is entirely natural for the narrator, and not something which had to be learned. And I like that it’s not a weighty tome of a novel, but a perfectly reasonable less-than-300-pages of gentle detection.
I will continue to collect the series.